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Course SummaryNew Mexico has replaced the NMTA Physical Education exam with the NES Physical Education test. Review sports skills, fitness training, physical education teaching strategies and more for the NES Physical Education test with the video lessons, quizzes and other study aids in this course.
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About This Course
This course offers a review of the information you'll need to know to pass the NES Physical Education exam, which is one of New Mexico's requirements for an endorsement to teach physical education. The lessons in this study guide provide an effective and fun method of preparing for the exam, with instruction on topics such as:
- Motor development
- Sports skills and techniques
- Human physiology and anatomy
- Body composition and human growth
- Benefits of physical fitness training
- Communication and motivation
- Educational goals and physical education assessment
- Teaching physical education
- Ethical and legal issues for physical education teachers
About the Exam
The NES Physical Education test is a computer-based assessment that has 150 multiple-choice questions. There is a three-hour time limit for completing the test.
NES Physical Education Exam Preparation & Registration
This study guide can refresh your knowledge of topics the NES Physical Education exam covers. You probably learned much of this information in your college classes, but our instructors may slip in a few facts that are new to you.
These brief lessons look at anatomy and physical development, ways to create age- and ability-appropriate physical fitness programs and various legal regulations physical education teachers must follow. You'll examine how to set goals and develop personalized fitness plans for students. Each lesson is followed by a short self-assessment quiz which lets you practice answering questions in the format you'll find on the test, in addition to offering a chance to evaluate your knowledge.
The test is offered year-round, by appointment, at testing centers throughout the U.S. To register, you must set up an account through the testing website. You may designate institutions you wish to receive your scores at this time. You can reschedule your test appointment without penalty up to 24 hours in advance. After you schedule your testing session, you'll receive a confirmation notice that lists the test you'll take, the date, site and time. You should report to the test center a half-hour prior to your scheduled time. Bring a government-issued photo ID in the name in which you registered for the test.
NES Physical Education Exam Scoring
You'll be able to see a scaled score right after you complete the test, and a more detailed score report will be posted to your account within two weeks. The institutions you designated at registration will get a score report then, too. The passing score is 220. Only correct responses are counted, so feel free to guess when you aren't sure of an answer. It won't hurt your score.
Questions on the NES Physical Education exam are divided into four sections, called content domains. You have three hours to complete the entire test, and you can allot this time as needed among the content domains.
Growth and Motor Development
Percentage of test scoring: 25%
Exam topics covered: Stages of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development and what influences development, milestones in physical development, techniques for maintaining lifelong wellness, human anatomy and physiology as related to physical fitness and movement, health risks associated with inactivity, motor development in childhood, theories of motor learning and factors that impact motor development
What you'll study: Our study guide includes lessons on motor and cognitive development in infants, children and adolescents, theories of motor development, classifying motor skills, object control skills and the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, nervous and digestive systems, how physical activity impacts body systems and the effects of inactivity.
Percentage of test scoring: 25%
Exam topics covered: Biomechanical principles related to motion and balance, characteristics of locomotor and nonlocomotor skills, rules, skills and strategies for sports and recreational activities, and strategies, skills and safety practices for rhythmic movement and dance, tumbling and cooperative group activities
What you'll study: How to promote motor development, choosing developmentally appropriate activities for complex movement and skills for various sports and activities, including volleyball, soccer, floor hockey and swimming, are among the topics you'll examine in our video lessons.
Lifelong Physical Fitness
Percentage of test scoring: 25%
Exam topics covered: Fundamental principles of conditioning and training, developing and assessing cardiorespiratory endurance, improving joint flexibility, development of muscular strength, types of endurance, flexibility and strengthening activities, principles for designing personal fitness plans, weight management principles, the relationship between physical fitness and positive self-concept, and how sports and games can promote healthy social relationships
What you'll study: In this section of the course, the lessons offer a review of topics that include the principles of conditioning and training programs, safety guidelines for physical fitness, setting age-appropriate goals, weight management, interval training, flexibility training, aerobic endurance, techniques for improving cardiorespiratory fitness, strength training, biomechanics, determining body fat content, basics of nutrition and diet, childhood obesity and the sociocultural benefits of participation in fitness activities.
The Physical Education Program
Percentage of test scoring: 25%
Exam topics covered: Age- and developmentally-appropriate instructional strategies and activities, social and emotional influences on study learning, effective communication techniques, how to design and analyze activities and lessons for appropriateness, usefulness and safety, selecting activities for students with special needs and for those from diverse cultures, how to modify activities for all students, professional codes of conduct, state and federal laws related to special education, care of physical education equipment, common injuries and emergency first aid
What you'll study: Use our lessons to learn more about how to accommodate students with disabilities, promote diversity through physical fitness activities, gender equality, curriculum models in physical education, how to design PE programs according to state and national standards, types of physical education assessments, student safety, effective workplace communication, how to motivate students, tailoring instruction for different learning styles, technology in physical education, fitness assessments, trends in physical education and professional development.
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